Trying to find our spot off in that light, light off in that spot
Jayson Musson, American, born 1977
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Jayson Musson created the colorful, rippling patterns of this work by stitching together pieces of Coogi-brand sweaters. Billed as wearable art, these sweaters were made famous in the 1980s and 1990s by popular black TV and musical icons, such as rapper Notorious B.I.G. The work’s title comes from song lyrics by hip-hop duo Outkast, entwining the references to black popular culture with a critique of the large-scale, gestural painting style of Abstract Expressionism of the mid-1900s.
By drawing on domestic traditions like sewing, Musson diffuses the boldness and bravado associated with hip-hop and American abstract painting, offering a softer tapestry of colliding textures, patterns, and colors.